I haven’t written to the website for awhile because… well, I simply forgot too!
Tonight is the SuperMoon and also a lunar eclipse, something so rare that the last time it happened was 30 years ago and won’t happen again for another 18 years – so you can bet I will be keeping an eye out in the early hours of the morning for it and post any photos that I can to show here.
I’m doing OK on a personal level, as is my mum and stepdad in their carehome – I suppose I’m lucky in the fact that everything is in place and that when my time comes for going into ‘ga-ga-land’ – I know everything will be as functional as possible for me, because I’ve made damn-well certain that they are!
The solar eclipse at my home on Friday 20 March 2015
There has been a solar eclipse here in the UK on Friday 20 March… the majority of the UK was treated to between 95%/98% maximum totality – but in the UK island of the Faroe Isles, they got a full ‘total eclipse’.
It started to happen around 8:25am when the Moon started to ‘nibble’ across the surface of the Sun – we reached maximum totality around 9:30am where I lived and for a few minutes before, during and a few minutes after – twilight descended in the middle of the morning. A cold, fresh breeze blew, the birds stopped singing and a ‘creepy’ atmosphere settled over the area where I live – but it was oh, so magical – and something I wouldn’t have missed for the world!
The event was over at around 10:20am, when the Moon left completely covering the surface of the Sun… and all was well with the world again!
I’m sorry for the lack of updates recently…
…it isn’t that I don’t want to update the website – it is just that I don’t remember too!
So, since my moment of glory in a national publication of the Alzheimer’s magazine ‘Living With Dementia’ there hasn’t really been that much happening in the world of Daryl.
Well on Tuesday it was my great-niece Bethany’s 8th birthday. I stayed the night at my nephew’s house so as I could be with her for her birthday party when she came home from school. We all had a lovely time and I know she enjoyed herself very much.
Today is my Mam’s 82nd birthday – I am going to see her later this afternoon and take her birthday card and also Mother’s Day card for tomorrow and her present as well. I shall be taking her out for a drink to Morrisons store restaurant with which she is familiar with, and that makes it so much easier to cope with caring for her.
I did an exchange with my great niece in all honesty… She had always wanted an iMac and I had always wanted a MacBook Pro – we both had them, so we swapped.
It is very fast, smooth and was made in 2010… It has an Intel i5 dual-core processor with 4GB of DDR3 Ram memory. The screen, which is 13 inches has a resolution of 1400×900 but when plugged into an external monitor can easily obtain the 1920×1080 screen resolutions. It has a built-in nVidia graphics card which has 250MB and Intel’s graphics which let it run an additional 388MB graphics using the Ram Memory share.
The keyboard lights up which makes it a pleasure to type when it is actually dimmer in the room, ideal for these oncoming winter evenings, and the TrackPad is a doddle to use, providing you know the gestures of the Apple TrackPad and memorise them!
It is running the latest version of Apple’s main computer operating system, OS X (currently OS X Yosemite 10.10.1) and it also has Apple’s BootCamp installed which allows me to run Windows from Microsoft – and I have installed my legitimate version of Windows 8.1 Pro.
I wouldn’t be without it now!
I may be crazy,
I may be weird,
and perhaps I may seem nuts…
…but to go through
What I’m going through,
I know I’ve got some guts!
So the next time that you see me,
Please don’t think “he’s odd”…
…I’ve gotten this far through battling
I’m not such a daft old sod!!
© Daryl Lees 2014